The Cause of the Second Liberian Conflict and How to Prevent a Recurrence This paper looks at the causes behind the second Liberian conflict. The broad question which arises is a simple but important one: why is there so much fighting in Liberia even as all concerned know the terrible human toll exacted by events? The thesis of this paper is that one theoretical explanation for the interpersonal violence in Liberia makes sense above all others: the idea that a “culture of violence” exists on both sides in the Liberian conflict – probably because Liberia has been plagued by violence since its inception – and this culture makes peaceful negotiation and compromise more or less impossible. Once violence becomes institutionalized, there seems...The end:
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